Reporter Lauren Lacey says she was forced to report on a man she said had attempted to seduce her.
She says he was arrested on charges of sexual assault.
(Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018) Reporter Lauren M. Lacey: Reporter Lauren, welcome to Entertainment Weekly.
Lauren L. LACHA: Thank you.
Reporter Lauren: You have been covering the Philippines’ corruption scandals for more than a decade.
Are you aware of any other cases of women being accused of sexual harassment or exploitation?
Lauren LACHE: I’m not aware of them at all.
Reporter LACHTMANN: And I’m curious about this, you mentioned the cases that have been made public.
Lauren: Well, the stories are very disturbing, and we’re just trying to make sure that we do everything we can to protect women.
Reporter MACHEV: And it sounds like a very different situation than in the United States.
Lauren, thanks for joining us.
How did you get into this field?
Lauren: I was a freelancer.
I was doing business with an entertainment company that was working on a film.
They had been contracted to make a movie, and I was working as a producer.
And I went to the studio, and they said they were going to be shooting a scene and they wanted me to help with the editing.
And so I did.
Reporter MICHAELS: Were you doing any of the filming?
Lauren, when did you first start to have encounters with men in your work?
Lauren is referring to the time she was working with a man in his 20s who she says attempted to force himself on her.
Reporter MACHAELS (archival): I’m glad I did this to get him off my mind.
I did not know what to do, and he said, “Do you want to get it over with or do you want me to kiss you?”
Lauren was shocked.
I said, no.
I just had this moment of shock.
He grabbed me and said, You want me, you want the movie to go, and then he got on top of me and he got into my pants and he was trying to put his hands down my pants.
Reporter: He was attempting to put on a condom.
Lauren says he told her he was going to kiss her and she tried to push him off.
Lauren: But then he said he was not interested in me, and that I could leave.
And then he just started dragging me around, pulling me up against a wall, pulling down my underwear, and finally I just started screaming.
Reporter MAGNOLIA: What happened?
Lauren says the man grabbed her, forced her onto the bed, and raped her.
The man was arrested a short time later.
(APPLAUSE) Lauren: And then I was just completely shocked.
The next day, I got a phone call from a friend of mine who was also at the scene and she said that he had also been raped.
Reporter MCLAUGHLIN: And you were also doing this in the Philippines?
Lauren told me her experience was similar to what she had been reporting on for years.
Lauren MCLAUGHLING: I think it’s horrifying to see a woman being abused in a country where there are so many women that are victims of sexual abuse.
I mean, we don’t know how many other women are raped or how many men are raped in the country every day.
Reporter LAUREN: The Philippines is not the only country where women are victims to sexual harassment.
In 2014, in a report by the Philippine Institute of Statistics and Management, there were more than 60 reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment in the entire country.
This is from the report: Sexual harassment in a society is a crime.
It is a violation of human rights.
There are three types of sexual crimes, namely, rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion.
According to the report, there are over 1,000 incidents of sexual and gender-based violence in the whole country.
The Philippines has a higher rate of reported rape in the developed world than any other country.
Reporter SCOTT: And in 2014, women made up about three-quarters of the population in the nation of 7.5 million people.
So women are at high risk for sexual harassment and violence in their everyday lives, including being sexually assaulted.
And it’s an issue that has a real impact on their daily lives, Lauren says.
Lauren’s story is a heartbreaking reminder of just how pervasive sexual harassment is.
The number of reports of women sexual assault rose by more than 400 percent in the first six months of 2018.
It’s estimated that more than 1.5 billion Filipinos, more than 40 percent of the country’s population, are victims.
Lauren tells me she wants to do everything she can to ensure that this never happens